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Abstract

TAPS was established by the North East Thames Regional Health Authority (NETRHA) to evaluate their policy of closing two of the region's six psychiatric hospitals, Friern and Claybury, and replacing them with district-based services. The main aim of the project was to determine whether the quality of life for long-stay patients discharged to community homes was better in the psychiatric hospital or in the community. This entailed assessing suitable patients while they were in Friern and Claybury hospitals, both scheduled for closure over a ten-year period. The patients were then re-assessed one year and five years after discharge from hospital, using a batch of eight schedules covering a wide variety of aspects of quality of life. A battery of instruments was used to compare the patients' quality of life in hospital and in the community. These included: present state examination, basic everyday living skills, environmental index, patient attitude questionnaire (hospital and community versions), physical health index, personal data and psychiatric history (hospital version), personal data and psychiatric history follow-up (community version), social network schedule and social behaviour schedule

Main Topics/Subject Category
Quality of life
Variables

Present state examination, basic everyday living skills, environmental index, patient attitude questionnaire (hospital and community versions), physical health index, personal data and psychiatric history (hospital version), personal data and psychiatric history follow-up (community version), social network schedule, social behaviour schedule.

Keywords
Bloomsbury, Enfield, Essex, Greater London, Haringey, Islington, Redbridge London borough, Waltham Forest London borough, age, aggressiveness, anthropometric data, anxiety disorders, assault, attitudes, behavioural disorders, beverages, care in the community, clothing, cognition disorders, communities, concentration, cooking, crime, crime victims, criminals, decision making, depression, disabilities, diseases, domestic responsibilities, drug abuse, employment, ethnic groups, everyday life, family members, fire, gender, general practitioners, group behaviour, health services, hospital discharges, hospital services, hospitalization, housing conditions, identity, injuries, interpersonal communication, interpersonal conflict, interpersonal relations, leisure time activities, living conditions, local community facilities, management, operations, marital status, meals, medical diagnosis
Identifier Variables
HA
Economic/Subject Categories
Mental Health
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Disease Area
Mental health
Data collecting organization (s)
Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. TAPS Research Unit
Data Type
Survey (longitudinal)
National/Regional
Regional
Coverage (date of field work)
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Unit of Analysis
Individual
Sample

Psychiatric patients, in hospital and in the community in North London, who had been admitted to Friern and Claybury psychiatric hospitals, had stayed there for more than one year and were not suffering from Alzheimer's dementia, during the period 1985-1998. 670 patients

Availability
ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Link
http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/[…]/snDescription.asp?sn=4109
Contact
help@esds.ac.uk
Publications
http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/publicationListForSN.asp?sn=4109